Author Archives : Pastor Cheryl Griffin


About Pastor Cheryl Griffin

Pastor Cheryl Ann Griffin thinks God has a sense of humor for leading her into ministry, but can’t imagine doing anything else! Pastor Griffin received her BA degree from the College of William and Mary. She worked as an accountant before God led her to the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, where she received her Master of Divinity degree. In the Virginia Synod, Pastor Griffin is a member of the Ministerium Team and frequently leads small groups at synod youth events. She is also a representative to the VA Synod Council.


Radical Grace

  John 5:1-9     6th Sunday of Easter “Do you want to be made well?” Jesus asked.  I am captivated by this question every time that I read it.  “Do you want to be made well?” These were Jesus’ first words to the sick man lying in the vicinity of the pool.  He had been […]


Walking Wounded

John 20:19-31     Second Sunday of Easter   Easter was glorious, wasn’t it?  Our worship space filled with flowers, music that stirred our souls, and lots of smiling people. The atmosphere was joyous!  How very easy to forget that only two days earlier Jesus hung on a cross until he died. We had little thought to Jesus’ […]


Where Do You Stand When Your Feet Are Sore?

  John 13:1-17, 31b-35     Maundy Thursday In Northern Ireland, there were three decades of deathly struggles between Catholics and Protestants.  The Troubles, as the conflict was called, was both religious and political.  Although the Good Friday Agreementin 1998 was to end the conflict, low-levels of violence and open wounds still exist. A community leader, Pádraig Ó Tuama, […]


Wait…What Was the Question?

Isaiah 55:1-9    1 Corinthians 10:1-13    Luke 13:1-9     3rdSunday in Lent Frank had been accepted into a doctoral program at Harvard. He and his family were active members in the church my family attended. Frank’s dad had formed a large and prominent company, and I imagined that Frank would be quite an asset there after graduation.  He […]


Talking with the Devil

Luke 4:1-13 First Sunday in Lent    What tempts you?  Scripture is full of stories of temptation.  Of course, it began with Adam, Eve, a talking serpent, and a fruit tree. Moving on, Cain murdered Abel.  Then there’s King David who gave in to his lust for Bathsheba. Joseph’s brothers sold him to strangers when they could […]


Forgiveness

Genesis 45:3-11, 15     Luke 6:27-38 7thSunday after Epiphany   Sometimes, it just feels so good to be angry!  Do you know what I mean?  We continue to find terrible things our enemy did that prove our position. Believing that we are justified in our anger, we puff-up with righteous indignation.  We take pride at being […]


Unqualified

Luke 5:1-11 Lectionary 5    ~  Fifth Sunday after Epiphany   To be or to do things in our world, you must be qualified.  You must meet certain qualifications to graduate from high school and to enter college.  Doctors and Certified Public accountants have requirements to practice.  Athletes and horses need to qualify for competitions. Discovered by Clyde […]


Fingers and Toes

1 Corinthians 12:12-31   Luke 4:14-21 3rd Sunday after Epiphany What is the best part of your physicality?  Is it a strong jaw, or thick hair, or muscular legs? What is your least favorite part of your body? As I have gotten older, the list of my not so favorite parts has grown. In recent decades, people’s perception of […]


Daughters and Sons

Isaiah 43:1-7 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, our scriptures begin.  In the beginning, what was thought to exist was a watery void.  God separated the waters and brought into being sky. Then God gathered the waters into lakes and oceans and rivers, and dry land appeared.   […]